Are atheists blind?

Posted on December 6, 2010

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Peter: “Hey Professor what’s with the atheists? They’re really getting hot under the collar. Dawkin sounds like he wants to go to war – you can almost see the smoke coming out of his ears.”

Jenny: Yeah Professor, atheists are increasingly in your face… anti religion and anti God advertisements in street cars, on the sides of buses… everywhere. What gives?”

Professor Wiggly: “Yes, during uncertain times – terrorism, economic meltdowns, job loss, debts, house foreclosures –  we become fearful, we seek certainty. We typically seek certainty in two obvious ways. First we make decisions that fit in with our trusted beliefs, biases or theories. Second, we make decisions that fit trusted evidence. Notice, we go with trusted past evidence, even though we know in the back of our minds that the past does not predict the future, for example those who worked at the World Trade Centre at 9/11.  On the other hand when we have to make decisions on the basis of incomplete or conflicting evidence – decisions about the future like who to marry, what stock to buy, what medicine to take, whether there’s an after-life – we go with our trusted beliefs or biases and cherry picked evidence. The atheists are focusing their attention on belief in God, and focusing on the lack of  hard evidence – they want photos and discarded angle wings –   concluding that  that true believers are nave or stupid. Note, the more sophisticated atheists say ‘God probably doesn’t exist’.”

Jemny: “So does that mean that some atheists believe that God may exist?”

Professor Wiggly: ” I don’t think so. It just means that they’ve been taught to add that rider to any statement about the future. But the interesting question is why do atheists pick on God, why are they blind to the many important decisions they make that also lack hard evidence? They preach that we should rely on hard evidence when making decisions, and yet all their decisions about the future must be based on trusted beliefs and biases – Dawkin has been married three times. On what kind of evidence did he make each of those three decisions. Maybe it’s time that atheists admit – like Hitchens did – that all our decisions are based on faith-based reasoning. And, that like the rest of us atheists are blind when it comes to making decisions about the future.”

Jenny: ” So  most of our disagreements are about pointing out each other’s blind spots and ignoring our own?”

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